Left: Nadav Sered-Schoenberg, 12, spotted in Manhattan on the corner of East 4th Street and Broadway. Right: Justin, 13, at Sportime Tennis club in Quogue, Long Island. Photos: MetroFocus/ C. Knight.
Nadav Sered-Schoenberg, 12, Chicago resident
Q:Why did you pick this shirt? A: ‘Cause it’s a newer thing. I wanted a simple thing with a new logo. Q: Can you wear this shirt in Chicago? A: Yeah, there’s no rivalry. The Bulls’ rivals would be the Bucks or Pacers. Q: Do you have any associations with Brooklyn? Things it makes you think of? A: Jackie Robinson. The first African-American baseball player [in the Major League]. I know he played for the Dodgers when they were in Brooklyn. Q: Have you ever been to Brooklyn A: No. It’s my second time in New York, first time in the city. We only have this afternoon and tomorrow. We’re going back to Chicago. I have a friend from Brooklyn and he’s always talking about what sport teams he likes in New York. (Nadav’s father interjects.) “His great aunt grew up in Brooklyn.” “I never knew that,” Nadav answered.
Justin, 13, Manhattan resident
Q:Why are you wearing that shirt? A: ‘Cause it’s cool and I like the colors. Q: Do you like the team? A: (Shrugs). I’m a Knicks fan. Q: How would you rate Brooklyn on a scale of 1 to 10? A: (Another shrug). I don’t go there a lot. Q: What makes Brooklyn different? A: The culture.
MetroFocus recently met two early adopters of Brooklyn Nets wear. Nadav Sered-Schoenberg, 12, was on a short visit to Manhattan from Chicago. His family are big NBA fans and he had just purchased his shirt that day at the NBA store on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. His father had wanted a Brooklyn Nets “sneaker” shirt, actually called a “corner” shirt, for himself, but the only one left at the NBA store wasn’t his size.
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